Heroes of the Borderlands: The Western in Mexican Film, Comics, and Music (University of New Mexico Press in December of 2019). Few genres were as popular and as enduring in twentieth-century Mexico as Westerns. Christopher Conway’s lavishly illustrated Heroes of the Borderlands tells the surprising story of the Mexican Western for the first time, exploring how Mexican authors and artists reimagined US film and comic book Westerns to address Mexican politics and culture. Broad in scope, accessible in style, and multidisciplinary, this study examines a variety of Western films and comics, defines their political messaging, and shows how popular Mexican music reinforced their themes. Conway shows how the Mexican Western responds to historical and cultural topics like the trauma of the Conquest, mestizaje, misogyny, the Cult of Santa Muerte, and anti-Americanism. Full of memorable movie stills, posters, lobby cards, comic book covers, and period advertising, Heroes of the Borderlands redefines our understanding of Mexican popular culture by uncovering a vibrant genre that has been hiding in plain sight.
Nineteenth-Century Spanish America: A Cultural History (Vanderbilt University Press, 2015)
“The book is eminently readable and peppered with engaging anecdotes and examples of the thoughts and activities of nineteenth-century folk, both famous and forgotten. . . . [A]n impressive achievement.”—Journal of Latin American Studies
“Conway’s impressive knowledge of the era makes his book not only a useful tool for students and academics alike, but also a really good read. Simply put, Nineteenth-Century Spanish America: A Cultural History makes history fun.” —Studies in Latin American Popular Culture
“Conway’s survey is not merely good, it is masterful.” –John Chasteen, author of Americanos: Latin America’s Struggle for Independence
“Conway renders the everyday cultural life of nineteenth-century Latin Americans in vivid prose that makes the reader feel like a witness to episodes and stories retold and analyzed with humor and verve.”
–Peter Beattie, author of The Tribute of Blood: Army, Honor, Race, and Nation in Brazil, 1864-1945
The U.S.-Mexican War: A Binational Reader (Hackett Publishing, 2010). Edited by Christopher Conway, with translations by Gustavo Pellón.
“Conway’s judicious selection of primary sources—some fundamental, others lesser-known—affords readers valuable insight into a conflict that does not hold a prominent place in the United States’ collective imagination. Especially noteworthy are Conway’s efforts to fully portray the Mexican experience in the war through an examination of military operations, political affairs, daily life, gender, and popular culture.” —Pedro Santoni, California State University, San Bernardino
“What makes this edited collection truly distinctive is the large amount of material from the Mexican side. . . . There is really nothing like it available.” —Shelley Streeby, University of California, San Diego
“Christopher Conway’s excellent primary documents reader provides scholars and teachers interested in telling a transnational story of American imperialism and westward expansion with an invaluable collection of sources to tell that story. Conway delves deeply into Mexican sources, not to provide “balance,” but rather to reorient our perspective and understanding of the events in the nineteenth century that continue to shape the region.” —Raúl Ramos, University of Houston, in Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Peruvian Traditions by Ricardo Palma (Oxford University Press, 2003). Edited by Christopher Conway, translated by Helen Lane. Peruvian author Ricardo Palma (1838-1919) was one of the most popular and imitated writers in Latin America during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As head of the National Library in Lima, Palma had access to a rich source of historical books and manuscripts. His historical miscellanies, which he called “traditions,” are witty anecdotes about conquerors, viceroys, corrupt and lovelorn friars, tragic loves and notorious characters.
The Cult of Bolívar in Latin American Literature (University Press of Florida, 2004). “A fascinating multidisciplinary cultural analysis of the figure of Bolívar that will be uniquely useful to those attempting to grapple with the influence of this figure on the Latin American imagination. Conway’s persuasive and subtle analyses of historical, literary, and visual sources demonstrate how the authoritative image of Bolívar was constructed, appropriated, and contested from the independence period through the present.”–Mary Beth Tierney-Tello, Wheaton College